When I sat down with Bear chef-owner Natasha Pogrebinsky for this week's chef interview, we talked a lot about her connection to Astoria in Queens. Her first experiences in the U.S. happened not far from where her restaurant sits, and she and her brother Alex have dug into the community with their s ... More >>
In part one of my interview with Bear chef-owner Natasha Pogrebinsky, she talked about her life as a Ukrainian refugee and what she's trying to accomplish at her Astoria restaurant. Here in part two, she divulges a guilty pleasure, talks about the best meal (and nap!) she's ever had, and touches on ... More >>
Many chefs can recall how they first became hooked on the food industry, but few can point to a juxtaposition of culinary experiences like Bear's Natasha Pogrebinsky can. The chef grew up in Soviet Ukraine, where she remembers "going to all the different shops in the city and picking out bread in on ... More >>
No. 70: Smoked whitefish from Bear
"How's it going, man?" Matt Fisher recognizes a regular while we're mid-conversation in his Gowanus dining room. Over the course of an hour, the pitmaster for Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue calls many of the people who walk through the door by name, a testament both to his memory and the loyal custome ... More >>
Not that kind of bear.Earlier this month, Natasha Pogrebinsky announced she would be leaving the Castello Plan to open her own place. Although some assumed that Pogrebinsky would remain in Ditmas Park, where she helped open the Castello Plan in February 2010, she'll instead be leaving Brookly ... More >>
Chefpogrebinsky.comAlong with Hung Ry, the Castello Plan also has some chef-related news to report.